We’ve been working our keisters off here. Two Segundo shows in the works (one we hope to get up tonight with a very special guest), with a third one on the way. So literary news and the like are going to be slow for the time being. Bear with us.
In the meantime, please enjoy:
- Mark Sarvas talking with John Banville, Part I.
- Bud Parr’s response to A.O. Scott’s NYT article comparing The Believer and n + 1.
- Laura Miller’s humorless response to T.C. Boyle’s excellent new short story collection, Tooth and Claw. (Yes, Scott, I know, I told you it was “a mixed bag,” but that was on the basis of reading the first three stories, only one of which was so-so. Since then, the collection has picked up remarkably and I recommend it to all RotR readers looking to restore their faith in the short story, if not for the deliciously caustic finale of “Jubilation” and the near perfect “The Swift Passage of the Animals” alone, the latter being a witty depiction of dating loaded with nuance and quiet metaphors that are apparently quite invisible to Ms. Miller.)
- Laila Lalami reviews Desertion in The Nation.
Point out the shriveled souls who are of so liitle faith with the short story—come on, I want to know them
They don;t deserve thsi but the new Best American Stories guest edited by Mike Chabon should be restorative to even the most feckless faint heart,